Why Laptop Encryption Beats File Encryption When It Comes To Data Security.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use both (or that using both is not recommended).  But encrypting an entire laptop’s hard drive holds an ace over individual file encryption: convenient, one-stop security.   Once a computer’s entire disk is encrypted, the only thing the end user has to do is remember the username […] read more

Tomorrow Is Computer Security Day. Change Your Passwords To Enhance Your Laptop Protection.

Computer Security Day falls on November 30th of each year, namely, tomorrow.  There are many things you can do to ensure that your laptop and desktop computers remain safe, ranging from running antivirus software and changing passwords to making sure liquids are not near your computer or electrical outlets.  Of course, some of them enhance […] read more

Data Breaches Incur Higher Costs And Customer Churn With Time.

At least, that is the conclusion that the Ponemon Institute has arrived at, according to various articles on-line.  Among the findings:  Costs per breached record was $197 this year vs. $182 last year, an increase of 8% Breaches by third parties such as consultants and outsourced contractors accounted for 40% of the data security lapses, […] read more

Floppy Disks Used To Trounce Data Security In Formula One.

For those who don’t know, this has been a very busy year for Formula One, not in terms of racing, but in terms of data theft.  Over the past Thanksgiving weekend I had seen a blurb in a small Brazilian article about McLaren accusing Renault of stealing secrets (Formula 1 racing in Brazil…I never realized […] read more

In The Digital Age, The Sun Never Sets On The (Former) British Empire: Canada Has Laptop Security Woes, Following UK And India.

Or at least, it certainly feels like it.  In addition to last week’s UK government public relations fiasco with the two lost CDs—and the other post I had regarding a break-in into an Indian government military research lab, where three computers got stolen—there are reports from Canada that a consultant for the Provincial Public Health […] read more

Indian Military Research Facility Suffers Computer Theft – Electrified Fences Not Enough For Computer Security.

The Times of India and several other news sites are carrying articles about a break?in to the Defence Material Store Research Development and Establishment (DMSRDE) in India.  As far as I can tell, this is a research laboratory under aegis of the Ministry of Defence (or Defense, if you prefer), a branch of an Indian […] read more

German Authorities Cannot Crack Skype Encryption. Should You Use The Same for Your Endpoint Security?.

As I was scanning the news in some Spanish sites, I came across an article at eleconomista.es where German police profess having problems with the encryption used by Skype, the Internet-based telephone company now owned by eBay.  Based on the November 22nd article, the German police have been unable to decipher the encrypted calls.  The […] read more

Ten Seconds Is All It Takes To Steal A Laptop. Make Laptop Encryption Part Of Your Endpoint Security Arsenal.

If one does a search for the words “laptop theft” in Google, the third result is the security footage of what looks to be a passing elderly man stealing a laptop.  More specifically, this elderly man scouts the place out and steals the laptop that was displayed at a storefront window in broad daylight, with […] read more

Another Day, Another Data Breach At A Government Facility: US Department of Veteran Affairs Missing (Even More) Computers.

Hot on the trail of the UK Government’s misplacement of two CDs with sensitive information on nearly half of all Britannia, there’s a small story concerning the Veteran Affairs office in the US.  Three PCs, two of them desktop machines and one of them a laptop, are missing from a medical facility in Indiana.  The […] read more

UK Up In Arms Over Loss Of Two CDs. 25 Million Britons Affected By Lack of Data Encryption.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has lost two CDs containing the details of 25 million people in the United Kingdom.  With the official population of the UK at 60.5 million, this represents slightly less than half of all the people in that country.  The matter was grave enough, combined with other data breaches at the […] read more